Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Pixel Cupid


I decided to start working on some Valentine's Day tutorials for this year. This one's a pixel - I'm providing you with the outline, and general instructions. Please feel free to use the outline as you wish and change things around to suit yourself.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My pixel outline. It's in PSP format with two layers (the background and the pixel outline). You may download it here.

My color chart. Right click on this and save to your computer.

My image is just a guide. Feel free to change the colors, apply cutouts or not, or add other effects to your liking. I put everything on its own layer (and name each one). That way you can easily go back and change colors later and correct any mistakes you've made. It makes a lot of layers, but it also keeps things organized and will save you a lot of heartache.

It makes it easier if you enlarge your graphic (use your magnifier tool) so you can see the pixels clearly. Feel free to save my images in this tut too, and enlarge them as necessary to see.

The basic procedure for each piece will be the same. You'll add a new layer. Set your paintbrush to size 1. Paint the outline of the piece in a darker color and then paint the inside in a lighter color. I've applied a cutout to some pieces, usually using the same color as its outline color.

To apply the cutout, select and float the selection (selections>select all>selections>float). You'll see the marquee ("marching ants") around the selection. Apply a cutout (effects>3d effects>cutout), using the settings in the screenshot (the shadow color will change for each selection). Then repeat the cutout, chaning the horizontal and vertical to -2. [Hint: When you're going to add a cutout, set your foreground or background color to the shadow color you're going to use. Then, when you apply your cutout, just right click on the shadow color box and choose the color from the recent colors displayed there.]

Step 1. Open up the pixel outline you downloaded. Copy and paste the color chart as a new layer. Move it to the top of your canvas, out of the way. When you need a new color, just click on it with your eye dropper tool.

The colors I used for each section are as follows:

  • Hearts: outline - color #1; inside - color #2; cutout - color #1.
  • Swing ropes - color #1
  • Envelope: outline - color #3; inside - color #4; cutout - color #3.
  • Loincloth: outline - color 5; inside - color #6; cutout - color #5.
  • Body: outline - color #7; inside - color #8; cutout - color #7.
  • Hair: outline - color #9; inside - color #10; cutout - color #9.
  • Wings: outline - color #11; inside - color #12; cutout - color #11.
  • Face: Nose - color #13; Mouth - color #2, 7; Eyes - colors# 4, 6, 7, 13.

Step 2. Now just follow the steps described above. Here are screenshots of each section (you may want to save them and magnify them in order to see better).


Step 3. Now you're basically done with your graphic. I added text to mine, and to do that, just add a new layer and choose a color/font/words of your choice, and add.

Now survey your work, and if there's anything you want to change, you can do so now (sometimes when I'm almost finished, I'll change my mind about a color and it's easy to fix at this point - just select it and recolor). When you're satisifed with your creation, delete the color chart, hide the background layer, and merge visible layers. Save in whatever format you choose.

And that's it, all done. Now I'm off to work on some more Valentine's tuts. Have fun y'all!

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This tutorial was created on January 6, 2005.
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